Cut - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kʌt|  American pronunciation of the word cut
Brit.  |kʌt|  British pronunciation of the word cut
irregular verb:  p.t. — cut  p.p. — cut


- a share of the profits
everyone got a cut of the earnings
- (film) an immediate transition from one shot to the next
the cut from the accident scene to the hospital seemed too abrupt
- a trench resembling a furrow that was made by erosion or excavation (syn: gash)
- a step on some scale
he is a cut above the rest
- a wound made by cutting (syn: gash, slash, slice)
he put a bandage over the cut
- a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass
- a remark capable of wounding mentally (syn: stinger)
the unkindest cut of all
- a distinct selection of music from a recording or a compact disc (syn: track)
he played the first cut on the cd
- the omission that is made when an editorial change shortens a written passage (syn: deletion, excision)
- the style in which a garment is cut
a dress of traditional cut
- a canal made by erosion or excavation
- a refusal to recognize someone you know (syn: snub)
- in baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball (syn: swing)
he took a vicious cut at the ball
- (sports) a stroke that puts reverse spin on the ball (syn: undercut)
cuts do not bother a good tennis player
- the division of a deck of cards before dealing (syn: cutting)
he insisted that we give him the last cut before every deal
the cutting of the cards soon became a ritual
- the act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge (syn: cutting)
his cut in the lining revealed the hidden jewels
- the act of cutting something into parts (syn: cutting)
his cuts were skillful
his cutting of the cake made a terrible mess
- the act of shortening something by chopping off the ends (syn: cutting)
the barber gave him a good cut
- the act of reducing the amount or number
the mayor proposed extensive cuts in the city budget
- an unexcused absence from class
he was punished for taking too many cuts in his math class


- separate with or as if with an instrument
- cut down on; make a reduction in (syn: bring down, cut back, cut down, reduce, trim, trim down)
The employer wants to cut back health benefits
- turn sharply; change direction abruptly (syn: curve, sheer, slew, slue, swerve, trend, veer)
The car cut to the left at the intersection
- make an incision or separation
cut along the dotted line
- discharge from a group
The coach cut two players from the team
- form by probing, penetrating, or digging
cut a hole
cut trenches
The sweat cut little rivulets into her face
- style and tailor in a certain fashion (syn: tailor)
cut a dress
- hit (a ball) with a spin so that it turns in the opposite direction
cut a Ping-Pong ball
- make out and issue (syn: issue, make out, write out)
cut a ticket
- cut and assemble the components of (syn: edit, edit out)
cut recording tape
- intentionally fail to attend (syn: skip)
cut class
- be able to manage or manage successfully (syn: hack)
she could not cut the long days in the office
- give the appearance or impression of
cut a nice figure
- move (one's fist)
his opponent cut upward toward his chin
- pass directly and often in haste
We cut through the neighbor's yard to get home sooner
- pass through or across
The boat cut the water
- make an abrupt change of image or sound
cut from one scene to another
- stop filming
cut a movie scene
- make a recording of
cut the songs
She cut all of her major titles again
- record a performance on (a medium)
cut a record
- create by duplicating data (syn: burn)
cut a disk
- form or shape by cutting or incising
cut paper dolls
- perform or carry out
cut a caper
- function as a cutting instrument
This knife cuts well
- allow incision or separation
This bread cuts easily
- divide a deck of cards at random into two parts to make selection difficult
Wayne cut
She cut the deck for a long time
- cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch (syn: switch off, turn off, turn out)
cut the engine
- reap or harvest
cut grain
- fell by sawing; hew
The Vietnamese cut a lot of timber while they occupied Cambodia
- penetrate injuriously
The glass from the shattered windshield cut into her forehead
- refuse to acknowledge (syn: disregard, ignore, snub)
She cut him dead at the meeting
- shorten as if by severing the edges or ends of
cut my hair
- weed out unwanted or unnecessary things (syn: prune, rationalize)
We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet
- dissolve by breaking down the fat of
soap cuts grease
- have a reducing effect
This cuts into my earnings
- cease, stop (syn: cut off)
cut the noise
We had to cut short the conversation
- reduce in scope while retaining essential elements (syn: abbreviate, abridge, contract, foreshorten, reduce, shorten)
- lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture (syn: dilute, reduce, thin, thin out)
cut bourbon
- have grow through the gums
The baby cut a tooth
- grow through the gums
The new tooth is cutting
- cut off the testicles (of male animals such as horses) (syn: geld)


- with parts removed (syn: shortened)
the drastically cut film
- (of a male animal) having the testicles removed (syn: emasculated, gelded)
a cut horse
- (used of rates or prices) reduced usually sharply
- mixed with water (syn: weakened)
sold cut whiskey

Extra examples

Cutting a piece of string

He uses the ax to cut wood.

The meat is so tender you can cut it with a fork.

Cut along the dotted line.

The saw easily cuts through metal.

She cut into the melon with a knife.

I cut myself while shaving.

I had a cut finger.

We were fighting, and he tried to cut me with his knife.

Pieces of broken glass cut her face and arms.

Make a few small cuts in the crust to let the air escape.

A two-inch cut in the cloth

He came home covered in cuts and bruises.

Further cuts in spending are needed.

You'll have to make a few cuts in your manuscript if you want us to publish it.

Phrasal verbs

cut away  — move quickly to another scene or focus when filming
cut back  — return in time
cut down  — cut down on; make a reduction in
cut in  — allow someone to have a share or profit
cut off  — make a break in
cut out  — delete or remove
cut up  — cut to pieces

Word forms

I/you/we/they: cut
he/she/it: cuts
present participle: cutting
past tense: cut
past participle: cut
singular: cut
plural: cuts
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